John Dean was counsel to the White House during the Nixon era, and spend four months in prison after having been convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice and defraud the government in the Iran-Contra affair. His sentence might have been longer if not for his decision to cooperate with the prosecutors, known in the vernacular as turning state's evidence or rat-finking.
Now he seems to be up to his old tricks again. In advocating an investigation of White House subordinates rather than impeachment of Bush & Cheney, he knows from experience that once the subordinates have been convicted, Bush can pardon them. Nobody suffered greatly from having waged an illegal war, sold arms to terrorists, taken money from drug smugglers to fund a black budget and lied to Congress about it, or any of the other high crimes and misdemeanors involved in Iran-Contra. Most of them, like Dean himself, are doing very well today, thank you, and some hold important positions in the Bush administration, like John Negroponte who was involved with the death squads in Nicaragua, and is now involved with the death squads in Iraq.
Dean's article can be found here:
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